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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Making Memories Slice Fabrique (1 of 2)

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I love to sew and piece quilts, but I have to admit something.  I suck at precise cutting.  There, I said it!  As a result, I have come to rely on die cutting, especially when it comes to specialty shapes and appliques.  I have different die cutting machines, but the dies are expensive and bulky.  The Slice Fabrique by Making Memories has the potential to solve that issue for me.  This compact little machine automatically cuts fabric shapes from a design card in sizes ranging from 1” to 4” square.  The Fabrique measures 5” square and weighs roughly one pound.  And it’s cordless!

When my Slice Fabrique arrived I just could not wait to try it, deciding to read the instructions as I went.  The Fabrique comes partially charged, but it only takes an hour to charge.  You can use it while plugged it as well.

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Everything from the Slice Fabrique Starter Kit

To use the Slice Fabrique, you need the supplied glass cutting mat, a design card (a basic one is included) and fabric with a special fusible web ironed to the back.  The box for the Fabrique only includes three 6” square pieces of the fusible web, so plan on getting more right away. 

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Sliding the design card into the back of the Fabrique

Setting up the machine and cutting mat really couldn’t be easier.  Simply slide the design card of your choice into the back, iron the fusible web to the back of you fabric and prepare the glass cutting mat with the repositionable glue.

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Apply more glue than “a thin bead” as per the instructions.

At this point the instructions say to apply a thin coat of the provided re-positionable glue.  I found that I needed to apply a pretty hefty coat of glue and wait a few minutes for it to dry before I could effectively use the machine.  The glue turns clear when it is ready to use, and it does have a slight odor.  If there is not enough glue, your fabric will slip as the blade is slicing around the desired shape.  It should also be noted that the small tube of provided glue will not last you very long because so much is needed and for best results I had to reapply between each cutting.  I have to admit that I had a hard time with the supplied glue, it just didn’t hold as well as I had hoped it would.  I had roughly a 30% success rate with the glue, and had to reapply it with each and every cut to get nice useable shapes, unless I was cutting paper.  Once I got the Slice Spray Adhesive, things improved greatly.

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Showing the small blade under the Fabrique

The blade for the Fabrique is adjustable, allowing you to cut through different thicknesses of fabric (such as felt or canvas).  After selecting your design and waiting for your glue to dry, stick your fused fabric to the glass cutting mat.  Press really firmly to make sure there are no bubbles or creases and to make sure the fabric is really well stuck to the glass mat.  Put the Fabrique on top and press the cut button.  You’ll have to hold the cutter still as it works, but it’s done in under 10 seconds.  Holding the cutter is easy enough, although it does want to move itself if you are cutting through very thick fabrics.
 

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After cutting

A note about the size of the fabric:  If you are using the supplied re-postionable glue, you really need a six inch square of fabric, so that the fabric extends beyond the edges of the cutters’ rim.  I found this was not necessary if you use the spray adhesive.  There is also no mention in manual on how to set the machine in relation to the gridmarks on the glass mat so you can conserve fabrics etc. (my trick was to select the desired design, and get the blade to it’s starting point and position as desired and THEN hitting cut button but it wasn’t perfect)

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Applying the design

After peeling the cut designs from the glass cutting mat, I learned that it really is helpful to have some sort of tool to help delicately lift the pieces.  Between pulling the pieces off of the mat and the paper off the fusible, the more detailed areas of my design frayed/stretched a bit. Slice does sell a spatula designed specifically for lifting your designs, and it would be an investment well worth the money.

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Finished product!

After ironing the pieces to my background, I did an applique stitch around the edges to permanently secure it and keep the edges from fraying.  The result is a super sweet baby wipe container for the stylish new Mommy.  Pretty cute, right?

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Easter Flower

I applied the same technique to cut out the sweetest Easter flower.  This time I ironed the design onto a cream colored felt and hot glued a great little poufy flower from Making Memories Dilly Dally line onto the top.  Voila!  The sweetest Easter headband for the little girl in your life.

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Quick and Easy Tote Bag

I cut out this little design while my kids were eating breakfast, and had a finished tote bag for the car in under an hour.  I used 3 different fusible webs (Slice, Pellon and Heat-n-Bond) and all 3 cut well using the spray repositionable adhesive. I preferred to use my favorite Heat-n-Bond sewable web because the paper backing came off much easier after cutting and there was less chance of distorting my cut pieces.

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Fabrique with Making Memories Dilly Dally and Tie the Knot scrapbooking supplies

One of the great things about the Slice Fabrique is that (if you have crafting ADD like I do), you can use it to do so much more than just cutting fabric!  I decided to try it, just to see what I could do with it.  All of the accessories for the Slice Elite work with Fabrique. Design cards, drawing tips, embossing tips and materials from the Elite line all work with the Fabrique.  Be sure to check the manual for instructions on settings. If you do use the Elite design cards to cut fabric, keep in mind that more intricate designs might not work very well.
IMG_0456For this sweet little card for a new baby boy, I used the Fabrique to cut scrapbooking papers from the Dilly Dally line by Making Memories.    IMG_0542For this friendly little note I cut out a fabric butterfly and fused it to the card with the iron.  Couldn’t be easier!

Pros:

  • small, compact and portable
  • cordless
  • ability to cut more than just fabric
  • affordable

Cons:

  • the provided re-positionable glue does not work very well, buy the can of spray adhesive.
  • limited design size flexibility.  You can cut 1” to 4” in only 1/2” increments.  
  • instruction manual can be vague at times
  • no spatula or tool provided in the starter kit
  • cost of the design cards ($30-$40 each)
  • supplies and accessories were difficult to find locally

GIVEAWAY!
The great folks at Making Memories are giving away the newest member to the Slice Family, the Slice Fabrique, to one lucky reader. Just answer the any of the following questions in the comment section of this article on this blog to be entered:

Is this a tool you would be interested in and Why? What would YOU make with it?

Thanks for sharing your opinions, we love to hear what YOU think!
You have until Monday, April 18th at 6pm CST to leave your comment.

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87 Responses to Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Making Memories Slice Fabrique (1 of 2)

  1. JPScraps April 15, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    Yes…I’d be very interested in it. The fact that it cuts fabric and more makes it much more versatile for crafting. Appliqued items, fabric in scrapbooks and on cards….It seems like taking diecuts to a whole new level!

  2. Melanie April 15, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    Yes, I would LOVE to have one! I would use it for textured cardstock … I love my original Slice but would love to do fabric, etc.

  3. ruth April 15, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    I would definitely be interested. I do a lot of applique on small purses and items like that. It would be a fantastic tool for me!

  4. mescartes April 15, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    Yes, I’d be very interested in it. It is versatile and I don’t have any of these cutting machines.

  5. Kelly Massman April 15, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    I’m interested and would most likely make scrapbook pages!

    thanks!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

  6. Jamie April 15, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    YES!!! I would love to have this cutting machine! I would love to make some home decor with it as well as some baby gifts and shirts for my kids:)

  7. Liz April 15, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    Yes ! Extremely interested ! At first I thought, gee, this would be great for my mom and her quilting, then all of a sudden, you showed it in so many other ways, I want it for me ! (but I’d share with her, well, because she is my mom !) I’d start with cards and then just keep going from there !

  8. Annette A. April 15, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    WOW this is so cool….It would be so fun to be able to incorporate fabric in my crafts and what a plus to have some really cute designs…Making Memories has outdone themselves…..I love it. This would be so fun on quilts…

  9. LoveCrafting April 15, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    I would definitely like to win a Slice Fabrique! I would use it primarily for fabric appliques for pillows, quilts, clothing, etc, as well as for card making. The sizes that can be cut with the Slice are perfect for cards! Once I had one of these in my hot little hands I’m sure I would find tons of stuff that I would do with it, too.
    Thanks!
    Betsy

  10. Brandie Larsen April 15, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    I would LOVE THIS!!!! I can see all of the possibilities. I can’t wait to use it. I might even finish that quilt that is stuffed in a drawer somewhere. I love fiber arts and I get so tired of cutting out all of the pieces by hand. I can’t wait to get my hands on this.

  11. connie April 15, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Yes I would love this. I would mostly do scrapbook pages but I love the headband too.

  12. Linda April 15, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    I would really love to play around with this fun tool. I like the look of fabric on my cards and this would be the perfect way to get a very clean cut. Thank you for the great review!!

  13. Melissa April 15, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    I’m interested! I love die-cutting fabric!

  14. paperpapier April 15, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    i would love to use it to cut fabric for some hand craft project and also for scrapbooking and card making embellishment.

  15. Dollie April 15, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    Oh yes! I love this! It would make doing fabric projecs so much easier, especially when all you need is an applique.

  16. Cheryl Leong April 15, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    Wow… Love Slice Fabrique since the 1st day i saw it 😀
    Would make many scrapbook projects and something for charity to the children

  17. Stephanie April 15, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    I would love to own this because it cuts fabric!!

  18. rudie2shoes April 15, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    I would love to try this out. I bought the Sizzix machine so I can die cut fabric but the dies are really bulky to store. This would be a great solution to that problem!

  19. ShoppingTamii April 15, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    I love my slice. I like that this one cuts fabric…which I like to use when I scrap…maybe I would do some fabric appliques (sp?) with this too!

  20. Patchi April 15, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    I think my favorite part of the review was when you said it cuts paper! This would be perfect to make embellishments for cards and scrapbook pages!

  21. Tamara April 15, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    I love that it cuts fabric! That automatically makes me interested in it.

  22. MaryAnn April 15, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    Wonderful! I have always wanted a Slice and now this new one cuts fabric. My sister quilts so I could share it with her.

  23. Connie L April 15, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    Gotta have it… want to do tons of stuff for my 2 new granddaughters.. Then when they get older we can do this together… LOVE to own it.I just discovered they had this items on line. Not in our stores anywhere..

  24. Amy April 15, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    Very cool! Does the design card come with classic quilting piecing shapes, too, or just fun applique stuff? I’d love to play with this!

  25. Naomi A. of Colorado April 15, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    I have been so much into flowers lately and using them to make headbands, embelishment for sandals…etc and this is a must have to make the whole process easier. My daughter is such a girly girl and loves all these whimsical crafts I keep making for her! Thanks for the opportuntiy!

  26. Heather DG April 15, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    So interested! I would use it for quilting appliques and altered art. Making Memories has such lovely designs it would be fun to use them in my projects! Thanks for the great detailed review!!!

  27. madoke April 15, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    I would love it I am always adding appliqued items to my pocket books and this would make it so easy. My crafting would go to a whole new place.

  28. MrsETaylor April 15, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    The Slice Fabrique looks like the perfect fit for me. I love using fabric on projects but I also don’t like cutting out the shapes. This would be perfect for Jewelry making too.

  29. Scrapping4Me April 15, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Yes, I would be very interested in owning this little wonder! With your review and knowing that it will be so versatile – I want it! I would love to make appliqued t-shirts and sweatshirts for my 4yo grandson and other family members. I am also a scrapbooker so knowing that one machine can do both – WOW! Thanks for the opportunity to win 😀

  30. Froggy April 15, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    I’d be interested in it. Would it cut felt? LOL What wouldn’t I make with this would be the better question….everything from cards to bags!

    Froggy
    froggarita@gmail.com

  31. pegg April 15, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    I would love to try this Slice product! I don’t have an electronic cutting system. My sister is having a baby – this would be perfect to make customized bibs, clothing and decor for the new nursery!!!

  32. genevieve April 15, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    WOW, this is cool!! I’d love to get into fabric art with this machine! I love the IDEA of using fabric in my creations, but don’t have the patience or steady hand the process requires. I’d use it for scrapbooking, accessories like flowers on barrette clips, and applique work.

  33. Kim Langston April 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    Looked into this item and thought it would be great for making fabric flowers which I am really into right now… for accessories and papercrafting.

  34. springplum April 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    That would be so neat to use in applique work.

  35. Melissa Goerke April 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    I’ve been lusting after a crop buddy’s slice, but hesitant due to some of the limitation that the Elite seems to have taken out of the equation.

  36. nopinkhere April 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    This would be great! My favorite way to cover stains in my kids’ clothing is to use appliques. But I don’t like the cutting-out part, especially for a layered design. I have a whole stack of shirts ready for this to show up at my house!

  37. Cristina April 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    Wow, this is so cool! I’d love to get into using fabric for card making!

  38. Savannah O'Gwynn April 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    OH MY! You rocked this Slice machine! LOVE all the projects shared! I would looooooooooove to win a Slice machine! I have a Cricut and cuttlebug–and I think I would love to cut fabric with the Slice! I think the images are super cute too! I would love to make something for our guest bathroom walls! FUN! THANKS for the chance to win! sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

  39. Sarah Gambrell April 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    I have been getting into quilting lately and I think this would be a mega time saver for cutting out decorative pieces for the quilts!

  40. rilojane April 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    Ohmigosh, Ohmigosh, Ohmigosh…. YES PLEASE!!!!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    I’ve only seen it online so far- but it looks like a fantastic tool. I have some fabric with a specific motif that I’d like to have cut out. This tool is perfect for that.
    But, I have to say, the very first thing that I’d do is to applique the heck out of my kid’s stained clothes. And I would definitely see some monogrammed blankets for the kids in the VERY near future! 🙂

  41. TheLastOfNine April 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    I would totally love to have this. This would be great for making cards, t-shirts, bags, layouts, fun embellishments…so many ideas.

  42. cheekyradish April 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Oh my, yes, I am sooo interested in it! I love my regular slice, but since I am a fiber artist, I would love to use it in my work. The idea of cutting fabric letters, easily – WHOO HOO!!!

    I so need this!!

  43. Pam April 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    Oh My GOSH! I LOVE this! I have just started working on a lot of fabric applique and this tool would be SO handy, and save SO MUCH time!!! I would use it for my quilting, I’d use it for making bibs, clothes, and quiet books for my grandkids, and for baby gifts for friends. I could see using this weekly!
    I would really love to have one of these! With my hubby out of work, I don’t know how I get one for a LONG time!!

  44. Gina April 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    I would love to have one! My kids clothes will be unique!!!!

  45. pyesquire April 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    This looks great for all kinds of crafts from making cards to mixed media art thanks for the chance to win

  46. Yaritza April 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    I just recently started sewing my own shopping bags and little things like that so this little machine would be perfect to add that little extra touch to all my orojects. Thanks for the chance to win.

  47. AShu93 April 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    This looks like it makes great appliques. I also like that you can use it with the other slice designs as well.

    I would use it to make holiday towels. My mom has them for all the holidays & I’d love to add to her collection.

  48. K Bussean April 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    I am totally interested in this! It would make appliques so much easier. The ideas are already churning….

  49. Catherine Kraft April 15, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    This looks like so much fun and I can think of so many things that could be created using it. I love to applique quilts, pillows and dish towels but also use fabric shapes on my cards and scrapbooks. This is a tool I’d love to have. Thanks for the opportunities!

    Blessings~

  50. VickiT April 15, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    Oh gosh, I would LOVE to win this machine. I would use this for quilting and making my own applique shapes. Right now I have to cut them out with scissors which is very time consuming. This would be an awesome addition to my sewing room.

  51. Char April 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    I would love this product. I would use for appliqued items and on cards. I like to make my own cards. Please enter me in the Slice Fabrique giveaway. Thanks Making Memories.

  52. Tiffany April 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    I would love to use it! I’m thinking of all the cute little shirts and projects I could make for my DD.

  53. Patrice April 15, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    This is very cool! I would love to have one of these! Could definately use in mini albums and pages to add some awesome added texture and creativity.

  54. rush April 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    yes, i would be interested in this tool to help in my quilt-making and paper-cutting, because i do both. i would especially enjoy cutting out letters to place on the quilt.

  55. Melinda AKA medialady April 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    I would love to have one of these to make cloth mini scrapbooks and some baby quilts.

  56. Diane S. April 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    I would definitely be interested in the Fabrique! I have a Slice regular now and Love it! I do all my cutting of fabric and felt etc by hand and so this would be just the ticket for me!!

  57. Stacy April 15, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    I am very interested! This would be a great help with my quilting.

  58. Susie April 15, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    I would live to try this to make little banners.

  59. Francine April 15, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    I would love it, could use it for textured card or page.fantastic tool..

  60. Lindsey April 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    I would be so interested in trying this! I have lots of fabric scraps that would be so much fun to use creatively with the help of this.

  61. debpaint16 April 15, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

    Yes, I am so interested in this! I have NO cutting machine of any kind, so this would be great to give relief to my poor, arthritic fingers that cut everything by hand!!! I would use this to cut fabric for my cards & all of the altered home dec items I have planned!! Thanks for this awesome chance to win!!!
    debpaint16@aol.com

  62. GreenScrap April 15, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    I thought the regular slice could be used for fabric too. I guess not… I would love this I actually love fabric but I am a crappy sewer I think I would use it in layouts. TFS!! Take Care!!
    Jennie @ http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/

  63. Jenny Lilac April 15, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    Yes I would be VERY interested in this product! I would use more fabric in my scrapbooking, maybe try a few applique projects, and use it to make shirts, backpacks,etc. with my Girl Scout troop!

  64. Works From The Attic by Linda April 15, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    I would LOVE the Slice Fabrique! I would use it with applique, ATC’s and so much more!
    ~Linda

  65. BishopsMommie April 15, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    ooh I would love to play with it..maybe I would make a quilt?

  66. pennykitz April 15, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    OMG I have been watching the TV commercial over and over!!!! I want this so bad….I could use it greatly to make my baby quilts…I applique baby designs on quilt squares for new born babies. Not only could I use it for the quilts but I could make a matching card to go with it…LOVE IT!!!!
    pennykitz@charter.net
    http://pennykitz.blogspot.com/

  67. Hee Jin R. April 15, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    Would LOVE to have the fabric Slice! The possibilities are endless! I would scrapbook, make cards, home decor, hair items, quilts, pillows, decor for outfits, purses…etc. It’s small and compact! Just gotta love it!

  68. Pat April 16, 2011 at 4:12 am #

    Wow.. I would love to win this for my craft room. I sure it would inspire me to use up all those ends of fabric I’ve beeen hoarding for years.

  69. Denise ~ Paper Ponderings April 16, 2011 at 5:52 am #

    Oh YES!! Very interested! I would make some appliqued baby bibs!

  70. Jennifer April 16, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    This product looks like a lot of fun. I would make my nieces and nephews some cute clothes.

  71. Rebecca April 16, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    Very cool! Thanks for showing this and thank you, too, for a chance to win one! I would love to do more with fabric – this looks awesome!

  72. macnart April 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    The possibilities would be endless with this tool. Thanks for the opportunity to stay in my scraproom even longer now.

  73. Sue in CT April 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    Wow…I can see all the possibilities with this. Not only in my crafts but clothing. I sure would love it.

  74. Isabel Z April 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    I would definitely be interested in such an amazing machine and would make applique tshirts for my daughter and headbands. Thank you for the chance to win such an amazing prize.

  75. kreativeimagination April 16, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    I would be very interested in using Slice Fabrique. I would used it to make appliques on pillows, and to jazz up my book bags. I would also use it on my cards. Thank you for the detailed review on Slice Fabrique. Love all the projects shown. I think the possibilities with Slice Fabrique are endless. Thank you for this great opportunity.
    syeda
    syeda_lubabah@hotmail.com

  76. Laura Evangeline April 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    I love that this cuts fabric. I would love to try it. I’m already a cardmaker, but I’m experimenting with sewing recently. Applique really intrigues me.

  77. melina April 16, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    This is such an awesome tool! i love how it does the cutting for you versus cutting with an x-acto knife! (is what I do now). I like to make stencils for t-shirts and this would be an awesome tool to have. It looks portable and easier to use than the cutters that are out there. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing this awesomeness!

  78. Rebecca April 16, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    I cant even begin to imagine all you could make with the nifty Slice Fabrique! Thanks for the chance to win!

  79. Lori April 17, 2011 at 12:06 am #

    Appliques for the kids’ shirts would be so easy with this! I’d love to give this a whirl!
    lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

  80. Janette April 17, 2011 at 12:21 am #

    I would love to have one of these. I tend to shy away from fabric projects, but this makes it look easy!

  81. craftlicious April 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    I never had chance to try slice Fabrique cutter but i would love to give this a try and see what i can come up with,awesome work with fleece cutting

  82. Sandra April 18, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    I don’t own one, I use a Wizard for my die cutting needs – but an electronic one would be nice to get the various sizes ….. this would be so fun for my mom and all the sewing projects she does!
    Sandra ltb

  83. Jessica April 18, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    this looks really fun! would love to cut out cute fabric flowers to add to cards or make into barrettes!! 🙂

  84. Bonita Rose April 18, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    I hv always wanted a slice and now since I’ve started sewing, this would be so welcome in my studio.. I would make pretty things with fabric… so many possibilities.. things like appliqued clutches and dishtowels.. so many ideas! hugs xo
    bonitarose
    bonnieangel1797@gmail.com

  85. SLucy April 18, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Yes I think this tool would be very handy as I have developed an interest in sewing and quilting so I think it could make my crafting only get better 😉
    hypersky5athotmaildotcom

  86. BunnyFreak April 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    I would be interested in its portability and its ability to cut appliques.

  87. L84AROPIN April 18, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    I would love to have one! Babe no. 2 is almost here, and I would love the make appliques for blankets and clothes. I am also prepping for numero uno’s b-day next month – I could make a little fabric bunting to decorate with! Thanks for sharing!